Another landmark election — the Alabama Senate race — unfolded last night as the Cavs hosted the Hawks. The players were not nearly as locked in on that race, at least not in the locker room, but when news outlets called the upset for Democrat Doug Jones, Dwyane Wade was doing all sorts of retweeting.
Dennis Rodman plans to organize a basketball game between North Korea and the U.S. territory of Guam, the retired basketball star said Monday, as he seeks to personally mitigate a dangerous war of words between Washington and the isolated, nuclear-armed state. “We thought, ‘This would be awesome!’” Rodman said in an interview in Beijing, his third stop on a “humanitarian tour” of Asia to promote peace between the U.S. and North Korea. “The people in Guam are all about it. They love it. You get a team from North Korea, get these guys from Pyongyang. Play it in Beijing.”
Rodman said that he would seek approval for his Guam-North Korea basketball game idea from North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York. “All they have to do is say yes,” he said. “And what can come out of that? A lot. We plan on making it happen.” This weekend, he sought to raise morale on Guam, where North Korean threats have damaged the tourism industry. “You’re safe no matter what. You’re safe no matter what. You’re safe no matter what,” he said in a press conference at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, according to the Guam-based Pacific News Center. “If you guys are concerned about if [Kim is] going to try to bomb you guys I’m telling you guys no. In my eyes, no.”
NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley was in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday to speak at a campaign event for Doug Jones ahead of the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate. He urged Alabama to vote for Jones over Republican candidate Roy Moore who has faced numerous sexual assault and harassment allegations involving underage girls.
Barkley said: “Alabama is my home. It’s the greatest place in the world. I love my Auburn family – War Eagle to everybody. Hey, even you Roll Tiders, welcome too. If somebody told you guys, put this election in a movie script. No, I’m being serious. If somebody sent you this as a movie script, you would throw it in the trash. You’d say, ‘There’s no way possible this other dude could be leading in any polls.’ And I mean that sincerely.”
Stan Van Gundy, Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich are the NBA’s most outspoken coaches, not hesitant to voice their opinions on social issues and not concerned about any controversy that might result. “Steve and I have texted back and forth on several occasions when things come up, a lot of times to say, ‘Wow, wasn’t it great what Pops said!’ ” Van Gundy said Friday, before his Detroit Pistons faced Kerr’s Golden State Warriors at Little Caesars Arena.